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Sciences - Biomedical Health & Life Sciences

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Date of Review Oct 13, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
4 Helpful votes.
Student Type Traditional
From Dublin Ireland
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Why did you choose your course?

I chose to study Undenominated Sience (Science Omnibus) as i was unsure of exactly what i wanted to do. If you are a prospective student and have mixed emotions about what you want to study, the science omnibus in UCD is definitely a good choice of course as it offers so many pathways for you to go down in terms of what you study for your major (i.e what goes onto your degree). Also, it gives you the chance to try out all the different subjects before committing to just one or two, so you're more than likely going to finalize in a subject that you are good at and/ or enjoy.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

I believe that choosing this course was the right choice for me. Being a student who was interested in both chemistry and physics in secondary school, it was definitely hard for me to choose which road to go down when filling out the CAO. So the omnibus option in UCD gave me the chance to study both for the first two years giving me the chance to try each option out and see what it involved at a university level before committing to just the one, and as a result I ended up studying something that i enjoy (which as it happens, was the subject that I thought i didn't want to study at CAO time!)

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

Continuous assessment

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

No

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

My favorite aspect of my course would actually probably be the teaching staff involved. Not only do they provide us with great notes and present everything in an easy to understand manner, they are also very friendly and are always there to help out a student in need.
I also like the fact that the classes are relatively small (i.e. 35-40 people) compared to other courses. This gives the students and lecturers a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level and also provides a less intense learning experience for new students, especially those who may feel uncomfortable speaking up in large lecture halls.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The only draw back for me is that the course involves the input of long hours (or longer hours than most other courses) by the students. This is only a major draw back for me as i commute for an hour and a half to and from college everyday, but the hours are definitely not a problem for those who live on campus or close-by.
A lot of perspective students may be put off a science-related degree due to the time investment involved, but in reality the hours aren't actually as bad as one might think. My course, for example, requires 24 hours of organized or timetabled events per week. This might sound unattractive and off-putting initially (in comparison with maybe an Arts degree which requires as little as 12-14 hours per week), but compared to the average of 35 hours spent by students in secondary school, its not actually a bad deal!

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

The only thing that overwhelmed me about my course at the beginning, was the workload. Its very easy to end up snowed under with work as unlike school, there is no pressure put on you by lecturers or professors etc. to get work done. Its down to the student to get it in on time and this may lead to a relaxed attitude towards the work.
However, with good time management and a decent amount of will-power the workload should not be a problem!... and had i known about the amount of work involved prior to choosing this course, i dont think i would have picked something else anyway.

Why?

The library facilities are very good in UCD, as not only is there a great selection/ variety of study resources available to students, there's also three libraries for students to choose from. Also, each library specializes in different subjects making it relatively easy for students to find whatever it is the may want.
There is also a great number of desks available for students in the libraries which provide students with a quiet place to study, especially coming up to exam time.
The library staff are also extremely helpful and there's always someone around to help you if your stuck!

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

UCD is renowned for its social scene. Events span from Ents organized nights out to society do's and class parties (which, hence the name, are pure CLASS!).
During fresher's week, which usually takes place during week 2 of semester 1, students are offered the chance to join literally thousands of different societies and clubs. You name it and there's a club in UCD for it, from politics to playing frisbee and everything in between. So whether you have a fetish for Soviet Russian or just enjoy throwing around flat, plastic discs with other like-minded individuals, you will always feel at home in UCD.
Also, throughout the course of the college year, many famous international acts, from world-class DJ's to the likes of 5ive or the Vengaboys (pure CHEESE!), come and play absolute belters in the Student Bar. Not only are these great nights out, but tickets for such events are always sold at very reasonable prices.
UCD is also known for its end 0f term ball. A handful of international class-acts kit out at a mini music festival for thousands of drink-infused students and the craic is mighty! Again tickets for this are reasonably priced but demand is always very high and these badboys sell like hotcakes!
All in all i think the social scene in UCD is very good, and as it offers such a diverse range of extra-curricular activities, its so easy for anyone to make friends and just have a ball, because thats what college is about!.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy not Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

No

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

How much do you spend on living every week (going out, food, transport etc.), excluding rent and bills?

€100-120

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

No

As a first year did you live in college halls?

No

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

I would rate UCD very highly as a college from my experiences there, and would recommend it to anyone, friend or not.
You could definitely do a lot worse than going to college here.

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